Robert G. "Rob" Althoff

July 11, 1946January 3, 2013

Robert G. “Rob” Althoff, age 66, of Indianapolis, passed away suddenly on January 2, 2013 in Santa Paula, California. He was born on July 11, 1946. He graduated from Franklin Central High School in 1964 and worked for Indiana Bell until he was drafted into the Army in 1966. In 1968 he resumed his telephone career with Indiana Bell and continued with AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Before retiring from Lucent in 2000, he managed company property on site in Beijing, China and Riyadh, Saudia Arabia. Rob is survived by his beloved companion, Marianne Bartels; mother, Betty Althoff; his sister, Sharon VanCleave; his brother, Michael Althoff; and loving aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He was predeceased by his father, Robert E. Althoff. After retirement, Rob enjoyed traveling the United States; briefly as a truck driver with Marianne and more recently as an RV camp worker in Vermont, Idaho, Colorado, Texas and California. His last assignment was at Ventura Ranch KOA where he and Marianne were co-managers. Rob was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. He loved mountains, RVing, trains, his Lady, and his dog, Baby. His witty humor, intelligent business sense and attention to detail will be sorely missed. "His candle burned out long before his legend ever will." In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel, where the funeral will follow at 7:00 p.m.


  • Visitation Monday, January 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 14, 2013

Robert G. "Rob" Althoff

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Rick Serna

November 13, 2017

Saudi Arabia, what an experience! Rob was part of that chapter of my life and many others as the camaraderie there with the expat community was very family like. I remembered when he retired and returned home, the group was never the same, may you rest in peace my friend. Rick & Family

sal sferrazza

December 12, 2013

For some reason, I woke up today and thought of Rob. Then I received an email about a new entry on this website. Here's thinking of you Rob! Sal

Harry & Chris Jacobson

December 12, 2013

Almost a year has passed but you will never be forgotten. always in our hearts and such a generous spirit. Harry & Chris Jacobson UK


December 11, 2013

I guess It has been almost a year. Time sure flies. I miss you and your smiling face everyday. What I wouldn't give to spend another minute with you. You had to do everything your way, didn't you? That's what makes it so hard. Just needed to let you know, I'm still thinking of you.


February 11, 2013

My Condolences to Rob's family, I know how much he will be missed by y'all.

I was shocked when I was told of Rob's passing a month ago. Just getting words together was hard. Now weeks later I am still saddened by his passing and so early in life. Rob was so full of life and loved living life to the fullest. It is hard to believe he has passed.

As Janet said he was a mover and shaker making things happen. We had a lot of great years together, fun, working and living all over the world. Life was like what most people read about, watch on TV or in the movies with all the world experiences.

As Sal said he retired too young, which I agree things changed. Although knowing now that God was calling Rob early, it is good he retired early to do all the other things in life he wanted to do and see here, before he left this Earth. Rob always said he had a list and would check off what he did in life and he did a lot.

Rob was always helping, teaching and guiding people. He had a great love for animals, trains and travel. Maybe he is up there with Bob (his father) doing all the things they loved to do together.

Rob was a great person and will be missed by all that knew him. All our friends and colleagues in the Middle East, China, Europe and the USA were shocked and saddened by Rob's passing so soon in life. He lived life to the fullest.

Rob was one of a kind and a wonderful person. I hope he can rest and has peace of mind. I know Rob will be a wonderful Guardian Angel looking after things in Heaven and down here. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

Randy Collins

February 9, 2013

My mom worked with Rob at Indiana Bell and became good friends with him. We enjoyed the times we had together. To my brother, sister and I he was our big brother ready to have fun with us.
I will always cherish the memory of a summer vacation across Ontario with Rob and the Edwards boys.
I know Rob and my mom are telling stories of that trip and all the other adventures.
God speed big brother, you will be missed

sal & beth sferrazza

January 23, 2013

I always said Rob was to young to retire, but who knows.You were a great leader at work in Saudi Arabia and friend. It is very sad.

Harry and Chris Jacobson

January 23, 2013

So many lives touched with his generosity and compassion

Harry and Chris Jacobson

January 23, 2013

What a wonderful person and a great family and I will never forget what he did for us in Riyadh. rest in peace

Janet Diebold

January 14, 2013

My condolences to all who knew Rob, but most especially to his family and loved ones. I had the privilege to work for Rob at Lucent Technologies. He was a mover and shaker and knew how to get things done. I learned so many things from him and he helped to make me a better manager. We kept in touch over the years, I enjoyed hearing about his adventures. He was blessed with a wonderful life of love, fun, and travel. God has called him home too soon, but I know he will continue his adventures in Heaven and do a little moving and shaking up there as well.